The Artist


At Vanessa G. Photography, our principle visual artist and lead photographer, Vanessa German, CPP, has chosen to dedicate her life to providing families with photographic artworks to cherish for a lifetime. Her work has been chosen for display all over Southeastern North Carolina in many businesses, OBGYN offices, and Hospitals. She is passionate about printing images and creating beautiful displays that become the focal point of loving homes. Displayed portraits help build self esteem for children as they grow by highlighting their value, importance, and permanence in the family. 

Vanessa earned her Certified Professional Photographer designation from Professional Photographers of America in 2012. After working professionally as a photographer for several years in her first studio, she felt it was important to apply for this designation to help assure her clients that she was dedicated to providing the best experience and photographic art possible. This distinction is held by fewer than 8 percent of photographers in the United States and must be earned with a stringent portfolio review and a written 2 hour exam covering all aspects of photography. In Southeastern NC, she is the only CPP specializing in Newborn Portraiture. 

Sessions with Vanessa are carefully planned to meet the unique needs of each family. She understands the important decision made when selecting a studio and a professional photographer. She is licensed and insured and makes safety a top priority, especially for the more than 400 newborns she’s photographed. 

Having opened her first studio when her second child was only 12 weeks old, Vanessa understands how life gets busy and complicated. As a mom, Vanessa schedules her own family and children for at least 2 sessions a year. She knows this is the only way to capture the milestones and unique personalities of her ever changing boys. Portraits of her children started at birth and it is through them that she is reminded of all the joys they have brought into her life. Her home is decorated with canvases, framed prints, and albums and she wouldn’t have it any other way.


- Bachelor of Science, Visual Communications with a focus in Graphic Design and Photography

- Outstanding Small Business, 2012 from the Elizabethtown/White Lake Chamber of Commerce

- Reader’s Choice Best Photographer (Five time fan voted)

- Licensed K-6 Educator with 8 years of experience engaging children to have fun while they learn. 

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The Studio


The VGP studio was custom designed to provide a relaxing place where families can be themselves, un-rushed, and feel confident that they are getting a top quality service. Located in the quaint Elizabethtown business district, the studio room boasts a full wall of 4x8’ windows flooding the room with beautiful natural light. Vanessa frequently uses both ‘studio strobes’ and ‘natural light’ during sessions to provide a variety of unique looks. 

With all of the necessities of home, our studio has room for little ones to play and grown ups to rest. Our prop closet is well stocked with a huge selection of backgrounds, props and hand made accessories. While we do offer location services, our 800 square foot studio option allows for a session free from extreme temperatures (heat and humidity or cold and windy), and a dressing room for clothing changes and a last minute hair and make-up check. 


What They Say


"The entire experience with Vanessa G. Photography was wonderful from start to finish. The level of professionalism exemplified by Vanessa and her assistant Amanda was phenomenal. We were truly satisfied with the final products as well. Absolutely amazing!"

- Donald Rush, Elizabethtown, NC

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"I chose Vanessa G. Photography after spending many hours pouring over photography websites. Her images captured the way that I wanted to remember my pregnancy and the first year of our girl's lives. When you are in her studio, you truly feel like you are her most important client. She worked so carefully with our twins to capture them at their best, something that is not always easy. When working with Vanessa, you know that the finished product that you receive will be nothing short of perfect. Her images are timeless and I will forever cherish the newborn pictures that captured their first days and their sitting baby pictures which captured their blooming personalities and growing connection to one another. I will continue to use Vanessa G. Photography for all [my twin's] milestone moments."

- Alison Lemanski, Hope Mills, NC

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Baby Whisperer!

"Vanessa is "The baby whisperer!" My five day old son Tyson slept peacefully while she carefully and artistically molded him into the most adorable poses. The studio is beautiful and calming; perfect for a sleeping newborn. … We are so glad we made this investment in capturing our son's early days since he's growing and changing so quickly. We will forever be able to share the moments of Tyson's first professional photos with family for years to come and they won't stay trapped in a camera for no one to see as most of the pictures that I take often do. Thank you Vanessa G for a wonderful experience!"

- Heather Procknal, Wilmington, NC

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